RELEASE: ArtsNL Announces Provincial Arts Award Winners

Jun 23, 2023


June 23, 2023 (Stephenville, NL) – ArtsNL hosted the 38th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Awards show this evening at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre. Six awards honouring the accomplishments of Newfoundland and Labrador’s artists were presented.

The winners are:
Patron of the Arts Award: St. Michael’s Printshop
Emerging Artist Award: Jessica Brown
Arts in Education Award: Anne Pickard-Vaandering
Hall of Honour Award: Susan Sherk
Artist Achievement Award: Wallace Ryan
Artist of the Year Award: PerSIStence Theatre Company

“What an incredible night! After three long years, we’re beyond excited to be hosting the 38th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Awards right here in Stephenville,” says ArtsNL Executive Director, Melanie Martin. “This was a gathering designed to celebrate artistic achievement and those who dedicate so much of their time to supporting and preserving our art and culture. Over the last three years, we lost many colleagues—artistic giants—and we also took a moment to reflect on their lives, the indelible mark they left on this place, and the generations of artists to come.”

“ArtsNL is proud to play an integral role in the lives of artists by fostering the creation and enjoyment of art, and supporting our cultural sector across all artistic disciplines, and throughout all regions of the province,” ArtsNL Chair, Don Dunphy, added. “Thank you to the performers who entertained us tonight, and once again my sincere congratulations to all the nominees and the winners of the 38th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Awards.”

Nominations for the awards are submitted by the arts community and the public. This year, a multidisciplinary panel of six artists assessed the nominations, established a short list, and made the final selections. All winners received a $2,500 cash prize.

A copy of the Arts Awards media package, which includes brief biographies of all winners, can be downloaded here.

Media enquiries:
Charlene Jackson
Communications Officer

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $5.2 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.


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